• Hartford Archdiocese announces parish closings, mergers

    Hartford Archdiocese announces parish closings, mergers

    • May 9, 2017

    The Archdiocese of Hartford has announced that 59 parishes across three counties will be merged, and 26 of those buildings will close. Archbishop Leonard Blair said, “To try to hold onto something, a structure, a skeleton that no longer corresponds to the realities of today ultimately can be discouraging and diminishing.”

  • Sister Act: Appeal rejected in defamation case against nun

    Sister Act: Appeal rejected in defamation case against nun

    • May 7, 2017

    In a rather surprising story out of Michigan, a parishioner St. Hugo of the Hills pursued a defamation case against a nun whom he claims defamed him by accusing him of poking her in the chest with his finger. The courts said they didn’t think she meant a literal poke in the chest and denied his claim.

  • Egypt IS leader vows to escalate attacks on Christians

    Egypt IS leader vows to escalate attacks on Christians

    • May 7, 2017

    The group of IS affiliates in Egypt claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings that struck two of the country’s Coptic Christian churches last month, killing over 45 worshippers and prompting the president to declare a three-month state of emergency.

  • Nun arrested for allegedly abusing deaf children in Argentina

    Nun arrested for allegedly abusing deaf children in Argentina

    • May 6, 2017

    A Roman Catholic nun from Japan has been arrested and charged on suspicion of helping priests sexually abuse children at a school for youths with hearing disabilities in Argentina, authorities said. The nun, who was born in Japan but has Argentine citizenship, denied any wrongdoing during an eight-hour court hearing late Thursday. She was shown being led by police in handcuffs, and wearing her habit and a bullet-proof vest.

  • Religious Freedom: Trump targeting IRS rule on churches

    Religious Freedom: Trump targeting IRS rule on churches

    • May 4, 2017

    After promising to “utterly destroy” the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits churches and tax-exempt groups from endorsing political candidates, President Trump is planning to sign an executive order asking the IRS to use “maximum enforcement discretion” over the regulation. Though some consider this a first step for religious freedom, others believe it to be “very weak tea.”

  • New Hamas program softens language, but some goals remain

    New Hamas program softens language, but some goals remain

    • May 2, 2017

    Hamas, the Islamic militant group active in the Gaza strip, has toned-down it’s program by claiming independence from the Muslim Brotherhood and by changing the rhetoric surrounding Israel. The group has been forced into international isolation by Israel and Egypt since 2007.